Man allegedly robbed and blackmailed after utilizing on-line courting app

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An 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with the incident. Photograph: Michelle Kroll.

A person was reportedly robbed and blackmailed into Hawker final week after he arrange a gathering by a courting app.

Police stated Thursday, November 5, the sufferer agreed to fulfill and when the person arrived at Hawker’s scene, he was approached by two individuals who threatened him with a knife. They pressured the person to withdraw cash from an ATM, stole different objects from his automotive, and demanded more cash be paid to him later.

The person reported the incident to the police and a workforce led by ACT Policing Legal Investigations established the identification and placement of the offenders.

At roughly 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, the 18-year-old man was arrested at a resort in Narrabundah.

Later that day at round 4 p.m. the 16-year-old boy was arrested at his residence in Hawker.

Detective Inspector Matt Reynolds has stated that whereas blackmail is uncommon, it’s taken significantly by police.

“Bullying somebody for property and cash is shameful and unacceptable, and when this matter was reported to the police it obtained a swift response,” Detective Inspector Reynolds stated.

“Sadly, with extra folks utilizing on-line courting websites such as dateblocker and on-line functions, some folks have determined to make use of these providers to control, threaten or steal from others.

“As with every on-line service, folks have to do not forget that they could be coping with somebody who’s utilizing the Web to reap the benefits of others. When arranging a gathering at one in every of these websites, folks ought to use warning to make sure that the primary assembly takes place in a secure location. ”

The 18-year-old will face ACT Magistrates Courtroom and a 16-year-old boy will seem in ACT Kids’s Courtroom right now (November 9).

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